Land-related issues top complaints to Commission
Graphic: Livestock on a dirt road in rural Myanmar
From January to May 2020, the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission examined a total of 1,177 complaints.
In March 2020, the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission received 254 complaints and, together with 371 complaints remaining from February, 625 complaints were examined. A total of 73 cases, including a visit to a scene of human rights violations, were referred to relevant departments and organisations for verification and necessary measures, with 20 cases referred back to the complainants, with recommendation. Those complaints under trial before a court or under appeal or revision on the decision of any court and those that have been finally determined the court or that did not meet criteria for admission or that have been resolved by the Commission before, totalling 193 cases were systematically recorded.
In April, the Commission could completely examine 367 cases, out of 417 complaints, including 78 new complaints and 339 complaints left from March. As such, 106 cases were referred to relevant departments and organisations, while 19 complaints were referred back to the complainants, with recommendations. The remaining 242 cases were, for reasons mentioned above, systematically put on record.
In May, the Commission examined 200 complaints which include 150 new complaints and 50 complaints left from April. Out of them, 53 cases were referred to relevant departments and organisations, while 16 complaints were referred back to the complainants, with recommendation. The remaining 131 complaints were systematically put on record. From January to May 2020, the Commission examined a total of 1,177 complaints, including 316 complaints, left from the previous Commission. A statement has already been issued by the Commission concerning the complaints received up to end of February 2020.
Graphic: A farm in rural Myanmar
On examination of the complaints received over the last five months, it was found out that most cases were received from Yangon, Mandalay, Bago, Sagaing and Ayeyawady Regions. The complaints received from the remaining States and Regions are relatively small in number. No complaints have been received from Kayah State. The majority of the cases concern land issues, followed by those against law enforcement personnel.
The complaints, after examination, were referred to relevant departments and organisations for verification and necessary measures and responses to the complaints referred are to be provided by relevant departments and organisations within 30 days. However, cooperation in this regard is less than satisfactory.
To reduce human rights violations and to improve the human rights situation for the people, cooperation from relevant departments and organization is essential.
Date: 16 July 2020
- Livestock on a dirt road in rural Myanmar - dany13, Flickr CC
- A farm in rural Myanmar - KX Studio; Flickr CC